Top players flock to Tokyo for the Toray Pan-Pacific Open, the Premier-level event which sees the WTA's autumn Asian swing kick into high gear.

Two-time runner-up Naomi Osaka returns to her home city alongside the likes of Kiki Bertens and Sloane Stephens as the 2019 Toray Pan-Pacific Open gets underway, live from Osaka from 16-22 September.

WTA OSAKA LIVE STREAMING

Toray Pan-Pacific Open tennis is live from 16-22 September with play starting around 11am local/3am BST. Bookmaker bet365 is offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.

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WTA OSAKA 2018 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE


WTA OSAKA PLAYERS 2019

With the Premier-5 Wuhan Open and the Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing rapidly approaching, and many players still jostling to secure their place at the elite season-ending WTA Finals Shenzhen, the Toray Pan-Pacific Open always attracts a very strong field and the 2019 edition is no exception.

Leading the field is two-time runner-up, current World No. 4 and home sensation Naomi Osaka, who will be looking to win her first title since the Australian Open at the start of the season. Osaka has experienced a tough season after triumphing in Melbourne and has failed to beat a top 20 since January, splitting with two coaches during that period and falling in the fourth round of her U.S. Open title defence in her last tournament - can the Japanese-Haitian player bounce back in the city she was born?

Kiki Bertens, the only other top 10 player in the draw, is also trying to return to her best form after splitting with her coach Raemon Sluiter after an early exit at Flushing Meadows, with the Dutchwoman going 3-3 across North America during the summer. Bertens played some excellent tennis in Asia at the end of last year and will be targeting similar results this time around.

American stars Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys are both in the running for a place in the season-ending WTA Finals, but they need big Asian swings to rise in the standings, along with the likes of Anastasija Sevastova and Elise Mertens, all of whom will be competing in Osaka.

Throw in the likes of Angelique Kerber, who is on a four-match losing streak, Petra Martic, Donna Vekic, Garbine Muguruza and Dayana Yastremska, and the stage is set for a thrilling week of tennis in Osaka!

ABOUT WTA OSAKA

The WTA's series of tournaments throughout Asia begins in earnest with the Premier-level Toray Pan Pacific Open in mid-September, which never fails to attract a star-studded field.

The second in a double bill of women's tennis events held in Japan in the weeks following the US Open, the Toray Pan Pacific Open follows the International-level Japan Women's Open which is played in Hiroshima and as a Premier-level event brings a bigger field of higher-ranked players and outright stars of the sport to fans.

One of the most popular and prestigious Premier-level events on the WTA calendar, the Toray Pan Pacific Open is a firm favourite with top players who often choose to return to action after the US Open at the Ariake Coliseum, warming up for the big events of the autumn swing in Wuhan and Beijing and with contenders for the WTA Finals Singapore looking to wrap up qualification for the elite eight-woman season-ending championships.

The roots of the Toray Pan Pacific Open date back to 1976 when the tournament, then known as the Sillook Open, was played on indoor carpet courts in Tokyo, with Betty Stove beating Margaret Court in the final - it has been an important part of the WTA calendar ever since.

During this period many of the WTA's great champions were included among the winners of the Pan Pacific Open, with Billie Jean King winning back-to-back titles in 1979-80, Steffi Graf taking the crown in 1986 and 1990, Gabriela Sabatini in 1987 and 1991-2, and Martina Navratilova in 1989 and 1993 - indeed, the great Navratilova, who made her first Tokyo final in 1977, featured in all but one of the finals played between 1989 and 1994. Japan crowned its first champion in the form of Kimiko Date (later Kimiko Date Krum) in 1995 when she beat Lindsay Davenport, but Krum would be the last Japanese woman to make the final until Naomi Osaka in 2016.

Now a Tier I tournament but still played on carpet, the Pan Pacific Open saw Lindsay Davenport (1988, 2001 and 2003-4) join the ranks of multiple champions, while Maria Sharapova claimed the title as a 20-year-old in 2005 and Russians Elena Dementieva (2006) and Dinara Safina (2008) followed suit. But this was the era in which the Tokyo tournament would find its greatest champion, Martina Hingis. The 'Swiss Miss' still holds the record for most Pan Pacific Open titles won, claiming five singles titles between 1997, when she beat Graf in the final as a 16-year-old, and 2007, when she defeated Ana Ivanovic. Hingis also finished runner-up in 2001 and 2006.

The Toray Pan Pacific Open became an outdoor hard-court tournament in 2008 and also moved to the Ariake Tennis Forest Park, where the Ariake Coliseum, the centre court, boasted seating for 10,000 fans. Reclassified as a Premier-5 tournament, ratifying its status as one of the highlights of the WTA's Asian swing, Maria Sharapova won the inaugural edition of the new-look Pan Pacific Open in 2009 and would be joined in the winners' circle by Caroline Wozniacki (2010), Agnieszka Radwanska (2011), Nadia Petrova (2012) and Petra Kvitova (2013). 

The tournament became a Premier-level event in 2014, but it didn't affect its popularity with top players still choosing to compete in the Japanese capital as they warmed up for the new Premier-5 event in Wuhan which now followed the Pan Pacific Open by a week. Ana Ivanovic defeated 2010 champion Wozniacki in a popular final in 2014, and Radwanska took her second title in 2015 when she beat Belinda Bencic. The 2016 edition saw Wozniacki take her second title at the Pan Pacific Open, but it was Naomi Osaka who was the real star of the event as she became just the second woman to make the final in Tokyo, and the first since Date 21 years previously. 

Wozniacki became the first woman since Davenport in 2003-4 to win back-to-back titles when she won her third Toray Pan Pacific Open title in 2017, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final. She would go on to win the WTA Finals Singapore a few weeks later and the maiden major title of her career at the Australian Open the following January. The tournament has since moved to Osaka, Japan, with Karolina Pliskova winning the 2018 edition of the tournament, defeating Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

WTA OSAKA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Fast facts about WTA Tokyo Premier

Toray Pan Pacific OpenWTA Tokyo Premier
Dates16-22 September 2019
LocationOsaka, Japan
VenueITC Utsubo Tennis Center, Utsubo Park
SurfaceHard
CategoryPremier
Draw size56 singles/16 doubles
Prize money$823,000
First played1976
Most titlesMartina Hingis (5)
Reigning singles championKarolina Pliskova
Reigning doubles championsMiyu Kato/Makoto Ninomiya

WTA OSAKA RANKING POINTS

These are the ranking points allocated by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier-level event with a 32-player draw.

Ranking points on offer at the Connecticut Open

RoundPoints
Champion470
Runner-up305
Semifinal185
Quarterfinal100
R255
R11
Qualifying25
Q318
Q213
Q11

WTA OSAKA CHAMPIONS

Names of players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Previous winners at WTA Tokyo Premier

YearChampionRunner-up
1976Betty StoveMargaret Court
1977Virginia WadeMartina Navratilova
1978Virginia Wade (2)Betty Stove
1979Billie Jean KingEvonne Goolagong
1980Billie Jean King (2)Terry Holladay
1981Ann KiyomuraBettina Bunge
1982Bettina BungeBarbara Potter
1983Lisa BonderAndrea Jaeger
1984Manuela MaleevaClaudia Kohde-Kilsch
1985Manuela Maleeva (2)Bonnie Gadusek
1986Steffi GrafManuela Maleeva
1987Gabriela SabatiniManuela Maleeva
1988Pam ShriverHelena Sukova
1989Martina NavratilovaLori McNeil
1990Steffi Graf (2)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1991Gabriela Sabatini (2)Martina Navratilova
1992Gabriela Sabatini (3)Martina Navratilova
1993Martina Navratilova (2)Larisa Savchenko-Nieland
1994Steffi Graf (3)Martina Navratilova
1995Kimiko DateLindsay Davenport
1996Iva MajoliArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997Martina HingisSteffi Graf
1998Lindsay DavenportMartina Hingis
1999Martina Hingis (2)Amanda Coetzer
2000Martina Hingis (3)Sandrine Testud
2001Lindsay Davenport (2)Martina Hingis
2002Martina Hingis (4)Monica Seles
2003Lindsay Davenport (3)Monica Seles
2004Lindsay Davenport (4) Magdalena Maleeva
2005Maria SharapovaLindsay Davenport
2006Elena DementievaMartina Hingis
2007Martina Hingis (5)Ana Ivanovic
2008Dinara SafinaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2009Maria Sharapova (2)Jelena Jankovic
2010Caroline WozniackiElena Dementieva
2011Agnieszka RadwanskaVera Zvonareva
2012Nadia PetrovaAgnieszka Radwanska
2013Petra KvitovaAngelique Kerber
2014Ana IvanovicCaroline Wozniacki
2015Agnieszka Radwanska (2)Belinda Bencic
2016Caroline Wozniacki (2)Naomi Osaka
2017Caroline Wozniacki (3)Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2018Karolina PliskovaNaomi Osaka

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